Leeds transfer latest: Player in advanced talks, fee could be £7m - report
By Harry Sykes
West Brom are close to agreeing personal terms with Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim the wantaway left-back is in advanced talks to complete a summer move to the Premier League club.
It is said that terms are being thrashed out and there are just a few hurdles to be overcome before a pre-contract agreement is signed.
The Birmingham Mail report that West Brom will have to pay a fee of between £4million and £7million for Taylor even though his Leeds contract expires next month and he would officially arrive on a free transfer.
Baggies manager Tony Pulis went public last week with his interest in signing Taylor although he insisted it would be a “difficult” deal due to the likelihood that the fee would be decided by a tribunal.
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The Birmingham Mail report that the compensation sum for Taylor will run into many millions because he is under the age of 24 and was developed by the Leeds academy.
Pulius has made it clear that West Brom are in the market for a proven left-back after using stop-gap options in the position for most of his two years in charge at the Hawthorns.
Chris Brunt, Jonny Evans, James McClean, Allan Nyom and, most recently, Marc Wilson, have all been played there out of position.
As a natural left-footer who has played in that position for over 100 Leeds games, as well as out on loan at five clubs, Taylor’s experience, price and potential to improve makes him an attractive option for Premier League clubs.
But he will leave Leeds with ill feeling after manager Garry Monk revealed that he had refused to play in their final match of the season against Wigan last weekend as he began to prepare for life away from Elland Road.
Football Insider verdict:
Taylor is persona non grata at Leeds but he is also a capable left-back with the potential to be a very good one in the Premier League. More so than his fellow Elland Road academy product Sam Byram at West Ham, the 23-year-old has all the tools to shine in the top flight provided he has a manager that believes in him. Pulis has pushed hard for Taylor since last summer, and appears to rate him. Taylor needs a run of 10-plus matches at the start of next season to show that he is the answer to the Baggies’ left-back prayers.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.